Potholes causing problems for ambulance crews
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
Potholes are causing problems for ambulance crews around Syracuse, and they take significant precautions with their patients.
"If we have a patient in the back if they have neck pain or back pain they're going to feel every bump every bounce every jolt," Ed Binns said.
Binns is a manager at TLC Ambulance of Syracuse. He said a ride that is supposed to take people to safety could turn dangerous for the patient and the paramedics.
“If we're giving medications, if we're starting IVs on the patient it is very difficult when the road is bumpy sometimes,” Binns said.
He said they try to wait for red lights and stop signs to put IVs in, but every second counts.
“Time is tissue. Time is brain tissue, is cardiac heart tissue,” Binns said.
Sometimes they need to think quick on their feet and try to stabilize the patient as best as they can. This does not just affect those in critical condition. Other symptoms can get worse during a bumpy ride.
“This enhances the nausea. We do carry medications that will take care of that, but a trip like this will sometimes enhance the nausea,” Binns added.
He knows this is part of the job and doesn’t hold it against the DPW. He said he just hopes they get it filled soon.
“I know they're busy I mean, this time of the year there's not much you can do about it. They do as much as they can we just have to deal with it. Now you're feeling it again," Binns said.